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Make Halloween and Harvest Day Festivals a Treat – Not a Trick

By Williams & Brown LLP on October 20, 2014

Safe Trick or TreatingFall holidays like Halloween and Harvest Day give children the chance to have fun dressing up, collecting treats, and enjoying parties with their friends.  This October, help keep the kids and adults you love safe during the festivities.  Experienced Texas injury attorneys recommend planning your holiday fun with these tips in mind:

Costume Safety

Make sure children’s costumes are made of flame-retardant material.  Masks and costume props should not obstruct a child’s vision, and swords and other accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.  Make sure children can walk safely in their costumes and that costumes are equipped with reflective tape or lights to make them easier for drivers to see.

Trick or Treat Safety

Never let kids trick-or-treat without a responsible adult.  Stay in neighborhoods you know, and remind kids that all the rules for safe walking still apply: crossing only at intersections, staying on the sidewalk, and looking both ways before crossing streets.  Use flashlights to help everyone see and be seen, and remind kids to walk, not run, from house to house.  If trick-or-treating doesn’t seem safe in your area or isn’t an option, consider planning to throw or attend a party instead.

Holiday Food Safety

If children collect candy while trick-or-treating, examine all their candy before allowing them to eat any.  Anything that looks suspicious should be thrown out.  Limit the number of treats kids eat on the holiday to avoid illness.  If you serve holiday food, be mindful of potential choking hazards for young kids, and practice good sanitation and food safety to reduce the risks of food poisoning.

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